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Monday, October 4, 2021 

Vard has announced contracts for the design and construction of two Commissioning Service Operations Vessels (CSOVs) with options for two additional vessels, and the sales and conversion of one Platform Supply Vessel (PSV) to be converted to a Service Operation Vessel (SOV) for Norwind Offshore of lesund, Norway.

The two newbuildings will be to the Vard 4 19 design, developed by Vard Design in Ålesund, and intended for world-wide service and maintenance operations at offshore wind farms. The first vessel will be outfitted and delivered from Vard in Norway in 2023, with the hull built at Vard Braila in Romania. The second vessel will be built and delivered by Vard Vung Tau in Vietnam, scheduled for delivery in 2024.

The third vessel is a conversion and sale of one of Vard’s PSVs that will be converted to a Service Operation Vessel (SOV). The vessel has been in operation in Asia and Australia and will now sail to Vard Brattvaag in Norway for an extensive conversion and outfitting. The vessel will be delivered to Norwind Offshore in 2022.

Norwind Offshore is a newly established ship owning company that will offer specialised vessels designed for advanced maritime operations in the development and service of the offshore wind sector. The owners of Norwind Offshore have a long history in the offshore and maritime industry. Over several decades, Vard and the owners of the new company have developed a strong relationship through the building of a broad range of advanced offshore and specialised vessels.

Svein Leon Aure, CEO Norwind Offshore, said: "Norwind Offshore is exited and looking forward to take delivery off several high-quality vessels from Vard in the years to come. We are pleased to continue our long relationship and together contribute to further position the maritime cluster towards the renewable energy market."

Fredrik Mordal Hessen, GM Offshore and Specialised business area, Vard, said: “I would like to congratulate Norwind Offshore’s owners with the new company, and wish the team welcome back as a customer of Vard. To have local shipowners is vital for the innovation power of the complete maritime cluster at the north-west coast of Norway. As such these are particular important contracts for the entire maritime cluster in this region. We are looking forward to continuing the great cooperation, and to contribute to developing the maritime industry for the future together with our many good customers and partners.”

The Vard 4 19 design is a versatile platform for sustainable offshore windfarm support operations, focusing on onboard logistics, security, comfort, and operability. The 85m vessels have a beam of 19.5m and will be equipped with a height-adjustable motion-compensated gangway with elevator system, a height-adjustable boat landing system, and will be prepared for battery solutions. The CSOVs will have an accommodation for 87 persons on board, with an option to increase to 120 persons.

The newbuildings will feature Vard Electro’s SeaQ Integrated Bridge System, offering an intuitive user interface emphasising ease of operation, safety, and ergonomics. For control and monitoring of the vessels’ systems and overview of emissions, the newbuildings will be equipped with Vard Electro’s SeaQ Integrated Automation System (IAS), SeaQ Power Management System (PMS), and Energy Management System (EMS).

The PSV to be converted is of Vard 1 08 design with a length of 81m and a beam of 18m. The vessel will be outfitted for offshore wind farm operations.

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